Abuja - The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has alerted the public, especially contractors in the global oil and gas sector, on activities of internet fraudsters peddling phantom contracts.
This is contained in a statement by the Group General Manager of Group Public Affairs Division at NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, in Abuja.
According to the statement, internet fraudsters have created a "phony Facebook account" for its new Group Managing Director, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu, to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.
It stated that the facebook account, bearing the photograph and name of the Group Managing Director (GMD), was created by some faceless internet fraudsters.
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It noted with concern that the fraudster were exploiting the personae and the office of the new GMD to defraud the public.
The statement explained that the fraudsters had been using the fake facebook page to send all manners of scam letters and phantom contract deals.
It added that the scammers were also using the same means for "cash solicitations to some highly placed contractors within and outside the oil and gas industry".
It expressed the determination of the corporation to arrest the menace by all means.
The group general manager urged the public to disregard the page purportedly belonging to the GMD of NNPC as he had no Facebook account.